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Technical Author in Uxbridge at Circor

Date Posted: 3/7/2018

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Technical Author



Position Summary

The role of the Technical Author at Hale Hamilton has developed over the years into something of a hybrid built upon the skill set of the present incumbent who is moving towards retirement.  It is essentially a role for an experienced engineer who can write fluently and work with appropriate software packages to create complex technical documents.  In addition the present incumbent takes on the role of Compliance Engineer performing a number of engineering tasks to demonstrate the product’s compliance to specifications, international standards, directives and regulations.  In many cases, as the business expands, this requires venturing into new market and product areas.

Principal Activities

  1. Preparing all technical documentation associate with a specific product or project. Typically, working from the project brief, design drawings and bills of material the Technical Author would prepare illustrated documents such as test instructions, service instructions, Work Instructions (C specs), technical support documents, sales leaflets, and any specific documents required by the contract.
  1. Maintaining a detailed knowledge of standards and regulations that apply to our types of product. Most commonly these would be to defence standards, British and European standards and directives.  Typically: Pressure Equipment Directive (PED), Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive (TPED), ATEX and LoVo.  This would also include industry practices that are not yet enshrined by standards, an example would be adiabatic shock testing of oxygen valves. 
  1. When necessary researching the rules that apply in different markets and jurisdictions, disseminating that information to the relevant departments to ensure the product and manufacturing process comply.
  1. Carrying out regulatory assessments and creating whatever documentation is required for submission to Notified Bodies to prove compliance of the design and manufacturing process. Including calculations, technical dossiers and associated certificates, marking definitions, declarations of conformity, etc.
  1. Analysis and calculations to support documentary submissions. This would include pressure boundary analysis, shock calculations and calculations required by whatever codes the equipment may need to comply with.  In many cases this would be work that had not been done before.
  1. Reliability and safety analysis using methods such as FMECA (Failure Mode Effects and Criticality) and HAZOP (Hazard and Operability study)
  1. Creating Hale Hamilton material specifications that reflect the requirements of International standards and the Quality Assurance specifications of individual customers and contracts.
  1. Carrying out military export classifications, commodity codes and supporting documentation.
  1. Preparing and updating spares kits and recommending spares holdings for specific projects. Developing ILS (Integrated Logistical Support) documentation in whatever format is required by that particular contract.
  1. Maintaining various depositories, libraries and registers of company documentation. Typically maintaining the Engineering Standards Library in accordance with ISO9001, electronic document libraries on the Library Drive and secure depositories and stand-alone computers for classified information.


Other Responsibilities:

  1. Working within the Product Data management System and ERP system (SolidWorks EPDM)
  1. Contributing to business improvement activities, specifically Kaizen events, and operating in such a way as to bring about continuous improvement overall.
  1. Contributing as required to the Monitored Professional Development Scheme (MPDS); coaching, mentoring and supporting Engineering staff, in particular young engineers, encouraging them to develop their skills and achieve professional status.

Job Requirements


Education & Experience

Experienced Technical Author, qualified to BSc. level or equivalent in a relevant mechanical engineering discipline.  Capable of understanding the technical detail of hydraulic and pneumatic valves and assemblies, and the electrical and electronic controls associated with them, interpreting information supplied by sales, engineering and commercial personnel and generating the appropriate documentation.   Comfortable in taking on new work and with an analytical background and experience of safety analysis, reliability analysis and regulatory compliance.


Computer literate in MS office and desktop publishing applications, ideally with some CAD experience including generation of illustrations from CAD models. 



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